SPAD XII/XIII Aces of World War 1

SPAD XII/XIII Aces of World War 1

Aircraft of the Aces 47
  • Author: Jon Guttman
  • Illustrator: Harry Dempsey
  • Short code: ACE 47
  • Publication Date: 25 May 2002
  • ISBN: 9781841763163
  • Format: Paperback
  • Number of Pages: 96
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About this Product

This book details the exploits of the pilots who flew the hugely successful SPAD XIII and the trickier SPAD XII. Built in response to the combat inadequacies of the SPAD VII, the XIII first entered service with the French Aviation Militaire in late 1917. Despite suffering engine unreliability, the XIII enjoyed great success on the Western Front, where it was flown by numerous French, American, Italian and Belgian aces, including Eddie Rickenbacker, leading US ace of World War I. The SPAD XII, meanwhile, was the product of numerous improvements to the SPAD VII model. Entering service in July 1917, the aircraft boasted a single-shot 37 mm Puteaux cannon, which had to be hand-reloaded in flight! Tricky to fly, the XII was only issued to experienced pilots, and was flown briefly by a number of aces.

Biographical Note

A resident of Leesburg, Virginia, Jon Guttman is senior editor, research director and contributing writer for Primedia Enthusiast Publications. Specialising in World War 1 aviation, he has written six titles in the past, although this is his first volume for Osprey.Harry Dempsey has been passionate about World War I aviation for over 30 years, having produced the most technically accurate artwork on the subject. He has illustrated all of Osprey's World War I aces books to date.

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